Date: Mar 05, 2014
Press Release Number: 53-2014
Pair promoted after taking over interim posts last year
Thomas L. Bosco, a nearly 28-year veteran of the Port Authority who served as LaGuardia Airport's general manager, will lead the agency's Aviation Department as director, with Huntley A. Lawrence chosen for the deputy director's post, the agency announced today.
Both Mr. Bosco and Mr. Lawrence, who has been with the agency for more than 28 years and previously was general manager of Newark Liberty International Airport, had been named to the posts on an interim basis last year, following the departure of Susan Baer in July 2013 as director and a vacancy in the deputy's position.
The pair takes command of the Port Authority's airport operation in New York and New Jersey, the nation's largest, which handled a record 112.5 million passengers in 2013 and spurred the regional economy with more than 511,000 jobs, $26 million in annual wages and $72 billion in economic activity.
"The Port Authority is fortunate to have more than a half-century of agency experience with Tom Bosco and Huntley Lawrence at the helm of the agency's aviation department,' said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "Their leadership, experience, and continuity will serve the agency well as we undertake $8 billion in capital investments to help modernize our airports over the next decade, including a new LaGuardia Central Terminal building, and bring them into the 21st Century.'
"Tom and Huntley have proven themselves eminently capable in all of their prior posts to lead the agency's Aviation Department forward in the coming years,' said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deborah Gramiccioni. "We are confident their expertise will foster continued state-of-the-art initiatives to overhaul our airports and increase the number of air passengers we serve beyond the current record levels."
The Port Authority oversees operations at John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Teterboro, Stewart International and Atlantic City International airports within the aviation department, which supports 930 agency employees and more than 3,500 contract staff.
Graduating in 1980 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Bosco served six years on active duty and 18 years in the National Guard and Reserve as an Army officer and helicopter pilot. He was part of Operation Desert Shield/Storm in the Middle East and received a Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone. In the weeks following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he also led his 553-member NY Army National Guard battalion in providing perimeter security for emergency workers at the World Trade Center site, before retiring as a colonel from the Army in 2004.
Mr. Bosco's career at the Port Authority includes various staff and operations positions at the WTC and JFK and Newark Liberty International airports, leading to his position as general manager of LaGuardia Airport responsible for the proposed $3.6 billion Central Terminal Building redevelopment project. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Lawrence began his career at the agency in airport operations, working at LaGuardia, Newark Liberty and JFK, before joining the properties and commercial development division to negotiate leases and operating agreements at Newark Liberty. That job led to a variety of positions in the airport's operations division, working his way up to manager of airport services.
Following 9/11, Mr. Lawrence helped manage the transition at Newark Liberty from civilian security under the FAA to oversight by the newly created Transportation Security Administration. In 2006, he became the aviation department's senior manager for security and technology, a position responsible for management of the department's $200 million security capital plan and coordination of security policy among the agency's airports. He returned to Newark Liberty in 2007 and became general manager for New Jersey airports in 2011.
Mr. Lawrence received a bachelor of science degree from the Florida Institute of Technology and an MBA from Dowling College on Long Island. A licensed pilot, he also is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives and serves on the boards of both the Newark Regional Business Partnership and Trinitas Hospital.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.